Buy nearly new - save £1000s - The deals part 2

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Price from £7904 SAVE £3741

Ford Fiesta 1.25 60 Studio 3dr
’09/09, 2535 miles
List price £11,645
Target Price £10,026

The fabulous Fiesta is a common sight on forecourts, which helps keep prices down. Good enough to win our Car of the Year title in 2009, the Fiesta is just as good as a used car, with its sharp handling and refined road manners.

Car supermarkets are a good place to look, although some franchised dealers offer cracking deals. Make sure any ex-fleet Fiesta comes with a full service history.

Price from £8900 SAVE £4905

Vauxhall Corsa 1.2 SXi (AC) 5dr
’09/59, 3408 miles
List price £13,805
Target Price £12,518

This supermini is larger than most, yet it’s priced to suit smaller budgets. You can spend as little as £6700 on the 1.0 Life three-door, but we think the SXi five-door is the better long-term buy. It’ll hold on to more of its original value and has desirable kit such as air-con and alloy wheels. The 79bhp 1.2-litre petrol engine will keep running costs down and the Corsa shouldn’t leave you stranded at the side of the road.

Price from £9499 SAVE £9176

Vauxhall Zafira 1.6 Life
’09/09, 5541 miles
List price £18,675
Target Price £15,688

A seven-seater needn’t cost a packet, and you can save almost 50% on the price of a new Zafira by opting for a year-old version. This 1.6-litre model is the least powerful in the range, so it’s not best suited to motorways when the car is fully laden, but at this price it’s a bargain. Car supermarkets offer the cheapest cars, with those at franchised dealers not much more expensive. Look for models with optional air-con.

Price from £9990 SAVE £7755

Peugeot 308 1.6 HDi 110 S
’09/09, 9503 miles
List price £17,745
Target Price £15,477

Look no further for a bargain nearly new small family car. This is the more powerful of the two 1.6-litre diesel models: it’s smooth and will hold its value better than the HDi 90 version. Kit levels aren’t that generous on S cars, but they do have air-con and stability control. Car supermarkets and franchised dealers stock plenty of these 308s, and models with up to 10,000 miles are the best value.

Price from £9999 SAVE £5436

Volkswagen Golf 1.4 S 5dr
’09/09, 12,000 miles
List price £15,435
Target Price £14,196

You can buy the latest Golf for less than £10,000 on the nearly new market. This entry-level model is classy, comfortable and reliable. Performance can be leisurely, but the 1.4-litre petrol engine keeps bills low. Franchised dealers hold the best selection of cars. Don’t bother looking for the 1.4 TSI version on the nearly new market: it’s in high demand and too rare to be good value.

Price from £10,895 SAVE £9650

Peugeot 407 1.6 HDi 110 SR
’09/09, 9610 miles
List price £20,545
Target Price £19,255

If you want a lot of metal for your money, then the family-sized 407 is a fine option. This high-spec model comes with sat-nav, climate control and alloys, while the 1.6-litre diesel engine means it’s capable of 53.2mpg and will cost just £95 a year in road tax. The bad news is that there is a dwindling number of year-old 407 saloons on the used market so, if you want one, start looking now.

Price from £10,999 SAVE £9196

Ford Focus 1.6 TDCi Zetec 5dr
’09/09, 6443 miles
List price £20,195
Target Price £14,127

The Focus is a steal at this price – especially when it comes with a smooth and economical 1.6-litre diesel engine. You could spend £500 less on the Style model, but we think the sporty Zetec is worth the extra: it’s better kitted, with alloys, sports suspension and a heated windscreen. Despite the low prices, you may still be able to haggle when buying from a dealer.

Price from £11,995 SAVE £6648

Renault Laguna 1.5 dCi 110 eco2 Expression
’09/09, 3500 miles
List price £18,643
Target Price £15,328

Save money and help the planet with this green Renault hatchback. The economical diesel engine emits 130g/km of CO2, so you’ll pay £95 a year in road tax and can expect up to 55.4mpg. Franchised dealers and websites are the best hunting grounds. Just act quickly, because nearly new Lagunas are getting scarce.

Price from £12,490 SAVE £8105

Citroën C5 1.6 HDi VTR+
’09/09, 2530 miles
List price £20,595
Target Price £19,558

The latest Citroën C5 is a big improvement on the old model, and there are a healthy number of them on the market. You’ll struggle to find a petrol-powered C5, but the diesels are good value anyway. VTR+ models have climate control and electric windows all round. Newer cars have sat-nav – and much higher prices. Most are with franchised dealers, although some are at car supermarkets.

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